Since 2010, the Baring Foundation has focused its arts programme on work by and for older people. This has been across all art forms and with a strong emphasis on older people's own creativity especially with the involvement of
In 2015, on a trip to Tokyo, organised by the British Council and co-financed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, we were privileged to see the
extraordinary work of the Gold Theatre of Saitama, a company specifically for people over 55. It was formed and continues to be led by the legendary Director
Yukio Ninagawa, himself now 80. Inspired by this, we asked our Arts Adviser, Kate Organ, herself a theatre professional, to map relevant practice in the UK.
Kate Organ's report, for the first time, shines a spotlight on the exciting development of Older People's Theatre Companies from Bristol to Portstewart, from Cardiff to Edinburgh. Many of these have formed quite recently and mostly outside London and the South East. In some ways they parallel the burgeoning
development of Older People's Dance, which, amongst other things, has led to Sadler's Wells' Elixir Festival. 25 companies have been identified in this report
(though more may exist) and 14 are described in more detail as case studies.